Android Auto: Third Party Head Unit Apps will Be Removed

June 19, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

You might remember earlier this month when we covered a third-party Android Auto app that worked to turn your Nexus 7 or Nexus 9 into an Android Auto device. While it’s cool, and all. It has been removed from the Play Store. When you think about it, it’s not that surprising. Why? It’s simple. Google’s biggest concern with Android Auto is it being safe. This is the main reason why it took nearly a year before we saw Android Auto head units coming out and cars with Android Auto inside. Hyundai actually had it ready to go back in December/January, but Google wasn’t ready yet.

Think about it, if you install an Android Auto app onto your Nexus 7 and mount that in your car and it’s buggy. It could get really distracting. Which is going to be a big issue. So it’s nothing against the developer, Google just wants everyone to be safe when they are driving, especially with a mounted tablet in the car. Android Auto is already arguably distracting. With needing to navigate to a specific place, and sometimes the voice commands don’t work 100%.

Many of us don’t want to spend near a thousand bucks on a head unit from Pioneer or JVC Kenwood to get Android Auto in our car. But right now that’s going to be the safest, less distracting way to use it. You can actually pick up these head units for pretty cheap now from Amazon. The cheapest Pioneer unit is around $550 these days, which is about $200 less than what it launched at a few months ago.

It’s also important to remember that Android Auto is still brand new, even though it was announced a year ago. There are still many changes that are going to happen between Google and the car makers. In fact, a few car makers won’t even have Android Auto in their cars until next year, as they are prioritizing Apple’s Carplay over Android Auto. That could be because of money, or because Carplay was actually announced before Android Auto. Therefore Apple may have reached out to these car makers first.